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Vietnam to allow higher bank investments

The Vietnam government is preparing a law that will grant foreign investors to own more than the currently allowed 30 per cent stakes in...
Top US firms meet to analyse Philippines

Members of the US business elite representing the heads of major companies were briefed of the challenges and opportunities present in the Philippines’ mining,...
ADB president accepts Bank of Japan call

Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda will leave his post on March 18 to take on the job as governor of the Bank...
Vice President: Indonesia will move on

Indonesia is on a sustainable growth path despite some structural and policy-related domestic challenges, Dr. Boediono, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, said...
Philippine bourse Asia’s most vibrant

Trade volume at the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) grew 33 per cent in 2012, making it the fastest growing bourse in Asia marked...
Philippine bourse set to continue climb

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), after soaring over the 6,600 mark for the first time on February 21, is reaching towards another record the...
Vietnam’s consumer goods market soars

The consumer goods market in Vietnam has developed into an attractive sector for international investors as it scored the highest growth rates in Asia...

With global sugar prices in February 2013 falling to their lowest level since August 2012, Thailand is increasingly facing pressure in its sugar exports. By...
Two Thai banks under heavy pressure

Islamic Bank of Thailand and SME Bank, a Thai financial institution specialising on small and medium company financing, are currently feeling the heat of...
Bangkok Skytrain delays mega-IPO

The operator of Bangkok's Skytrain, BTS Group Holding, has said it needs to delay the initial public offering of its $2 billion infrastructure fund...
Singapore’s growth slows to 1.3%

The trade-dependent city-state of Singapore saw its economic growth slow to 1.3 per cent in 2012, a substantial drop from the 5.2 per cent...
Finding trust in Islamic finance

Malaysia’s emergence as the undisputed Islamic finance hub of the world is much more about developing a syncretic system based on social justice than observing all the rigours that derive from Quran teachings.
S’pore property developer eyes $1.36b IPO

Singaporean property developer Mapletree Investments, the real-estate arm of the state's investment company Temasek Holdings, plans to raise up to $1.36 billion by listing...
GCC and ASEAN: Nurturing two regions’ success

With investors losing their confidence in traditional markets and even the traditional financial system, new regions have emerged successfully and are now new hot spots on the global business radar.
Vietnam starts clean-up of state firms

Vietnam will soon unveil a plan to revamp 52 state-owned conglomerates by selling stakes or unprofitable assets of most of them in an attempt...
Corruption in Southeast Asia: The virtues of vice

In corrupt societies where economic freedom is limited, entrepreneurs can game the system and bypass inefficient policies to the benefit of their business. Until these benefits dissipate.
Army retreats from Myanmar Central Bank

The Central Bank of Myanmar will undergo a massive liberalisation programme to end its legacy of military control, with President Thein Sein expected to...
Iskandar Waterfront plans $300m IPO

Johor-based master property developer Iskandar Waterfront is aiming to raise $300 million in an initial public offering (IPO) at the Bursa Malaysia in June 2013,...